I majored in art (after I dropped out of pre-med following a term volunteering in the hospital–it took me a long time to figure out what I wanted to be when I grow up). Anyway, I love art. I also love (love, love) journaling Scripture, and I’m a little compulsive about that.
My friend from Bethany House Publishers sent me Margaret Feinberg’s three new adult coloring books. They looked like fun for teens during read alouds. I’m not a huge fan of coloring myself, but I love to paint. As I was flipping through the books, it occurred to me that the paper is thick enough to handle paints. There’s also a ton of room for journaling…..
This is a picture of Live Fearless. Isn’t it pretty?
I decided to pull out my glimmery (pearlescent) watercolors, my boys’ colored pencils, my Bible, and my favorite journaling pen, and set to work–just to see how I liked it.
I have to tell you, by the time I finished two shimmering pumpkins, I was pretty much hooked. This is fun.
How cool is that, friend? He chose you! And you’re to go and bear fruit. You’ve been appointed.
The Coloring Books
I want to thank Bethany House Publishers for providing me with copies of Live Loved, Live Free, and Live Fearless. Bethany House also provided copies of all three of the “Live” coloring books, and a copy of Images of Grace for a giveaway (the giveaway is over now, but look for more in the future). (I’m throwing in the fun art supplies.) Take a look:
Amazon: Live Loved
Live Loved focuses on Scriptures that talk about God’s love for you, with great illustrations to color in and journaling pages on every spread.
Amazon: Live Free
Live Free focuses on Scriptures that talk about your identity in Christ, with beautiful coloring opportunities and journaling pages on every spread.
Amazon: Live Fearless
Live Fearless focuses on Scriptures that talk about trusting God’s provision for you, with fun images to color and journaling pages on every spread.
Amazon: Images of Grace
Images of Grace features whimsical coloring pages, interlaced with Scripture.
Half the fun of coloring and painting is the supplies, right? I’m going to point you to my favorites… and I’m including one of each in the giveaway, along with a copy of each of the books above.
These are awesome. They’re student-grade watercolors, but they spread nicely and cover well if you want them to. But that’s not what I love about them. I love them because they’re lightly sparkly. I think you can see the glimmer best in the top picture of the pumpkins I painted. Honestly, the sparkle makes me happy, so I figured it would make you happy too.
To use watercolors with a coloring book you need a variety of brush tip sizes, and these work nicely.
Amazon: 12 Prismacolor Premier Verithin Colored Pencils
Prismacolor Colored Pencils are excellent, and the Verithin have been developed specifically for use with adult coloring books. They have a hard core, rather than Prismacolor’s usual soft core, so the sharpened tip holds a point well.
Amazon: Prismacolor Premier Pencil Sharpener
If you use Prismacolor colored pencils, they’ll need to be sharpened. This one has great reviews.
These are my favorite pens to journal with. They write smoothly–they don’t smear or drag. I also really like the width of the tip. They’re perfect. I had no idea they come in assorted colors! I thought this 8-pack of pretty ink tones would be fun to use with the coloring books. (I now have pen-envy. I haven’t even sent these to the winner yet, and I’m wishing I could win! Ha!)
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~ Danika Cooley
Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), Wonderfully Made (CF4K, 2016), and Bible Road Trip. Her work has been featured in internationally-recognized children's magazines over 150 times.